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     City of St. George     Legal Services     Code Enforcement


The Code Enforcement Team, comprised of two officers, plays an important role in providing a safe and healthy environment for our community. The City Council has adopted ordinances to protect and preserve our neighborhoods. The role of each code enforcement officer is to enforce city ordinances thereby, bringing properties in violation into compliance. Each officer is assigned to a district for the purpose of developing rapport with area residents and local businesses. This allows them to better understand the histories, challenges and concerns of their assigned neighborhood thereby being equipped to understand compliance issues specific to these neighborhoods.

Typical Code Violations that are investigated by our Code Enforcement include:
  • Inoperable vehicles
  • Weeds
  • Junk, Trash and Debris
  • Setback violations
  • Sign Vioaltions


Code Enforcement Violation Gallery (Click Thumbnail Images to View)






CODE ENFORCEMENT STAFF
Name Phone
Jeff Cottam
jeff.cottam@sgcity.org
435-627-4450
Malcolm Turner
malcolm.turner@sgcity.org
435-627-4429


Code Enforcement Map (Scroll to zoom or use embedded controls)


Disclaimer:
Many citizens believe that the City Attorney serves as the attorney for the community rather than a Municipal Corporation. The City Attorney is the attorney for St. George City, as an entity. Because of the nature of the City Attorney's role, we cannot represent or provide legal advice to individual citizens, groups or other entities. We are therefore unable to respond to individual requests for legal advice or representation.
  Code Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions

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Question
What is an inoperable vehicle?

Answer
The city ordinance states that a vehicle with mechanical or structural defect or does not have current registration displayed on the vehicle, and can't be driven legally on city streets is inoperable.

  

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Question
Where can I park my RV?

Answer
Recreational vehicles may be parked on the side of your home, out of the front setback. A typical front set back is 25'. Keep in mind that a corner lot has 2 front setbacks. You can park your RV in your driveway for up to two weeks for the purpose of preparing for use.

  

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Question
What does the city consider junk?

Answer
Only items that are intended to be used outdoors may be stored outside. You cannot have couches, mattresses, etc. outside. No dismantled vehicle parts may be stored outside the home. Abandoned items must be discarded.

  

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Question
At what point must I cut the weeds on my property?

Answer
Weeds must not be allowed to grow to an unsightly height. Noxious weeds must be removed.

  

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Question
How can I advertise my yard sale?

Answer
You may post a sign on your own property or with permission the property of a neighbor. You may place a sign on a box near the sidewalk but not obstructing the use of the sidewalk. These signs must be removed when your sale is over. It is against City ordinance to post signs on City property i.e. power poles, street signs, power boxes or in City streets. Not only does this damage the property it also becomes a safety issue.

  

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Question
Can I rent my home on a short term basis?

Answer
The City only allows short term rentals in designated areas. Short term rentals (less than 28 days) are not allowed in single family zones.

  

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Question
What does the City require for long term rentals?

Answer
You will need a business license if you are renting your home. If you live outside of Washington County you will also need a contact person. This contact person can be the renter or a friend or relative. You do not need to hire a property management company. An inspection of the property is required if you rent more than 2 dwellings. Contact the Business License department at 435-627-4740 or click on this link for the Rental Business License application.

  

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Question
Can the Code Enforcement Officer go on my property?

Answer
The officers normally take pictures of violations from the sidewalk or street. However, if needed they can go onto the property. They will not go in an enclosed back yard without permission from the owner but they might take a picture over the fence.

  

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Question
What is the setback area?

Answer
There is generally a 25' area in the front of your home that is considered the front setback. In Bloomington Hills this area is 20'. A corner lot has 2 front setbacks. One on each side of the home that borders the road. You cannot park your vehicle in the area that should be landscaped.

  

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Question
What kinds of signs or banners can I use to advertise my business?

Answer
There are many factors to consider when placing signs and banners for advertising, please contact the Community Department for questions about signage. They can be reached at 435-627-4206

  

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Question
Can I have chickens or rabbits at my home?

Answer
The City allows chickens (hens only) and rabbits in residential zones if the lot is 10,000 square feet or larger. Go to city ordinace 10-7B-2 for more information.

  

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Question
Do I need a permit to install a fence or wall on my property?

Answer
Yes, a permit is required. For more information on approved fences, walls, and the regulations that govern installation, please see City ordinance number 10-18-7 and 10-18-5.

  

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Question
How many dogs can I have in the City?

Answer
The City allows 2 dogs per residence, If you are having problems with dogs in your neighborhood call animal control at 435-627-4350